In 1929 a wooden hut was built in Welwyn Garden City to act as a meeting place for Guides and Brownies (a relatively young organisation having been founded in 1910). Now, 87 years later over 300 girls aged 5-18 meet there each week and take part in the fun-filled programme that this unique organisation provides, supported by 30 volunteer adult leaders. It is the District headquarters providing storage for equipment and meeting space. However the building can no longer provide for the needs of modern Girlguiding – it has poor insulation, no hot water and two, very old toilets. The building does not have good access for members with mobility issues. In addition the single hall means that girls struggle to work in small groups – a key part of our programme – and the tiny kitchen area means the girls struggle to try out their cookery skills.
In addition to the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, the building is regularly used by other groups for dance lessons, tutoring and meetings. However the poor facilities impact them in the same way. The new building we have planned will have large and a small hall, a larger kitchen, modern accessible toilets and modern standard heating, lighting and insulation.
We believe that it will enable girls to continue to enjoy all the benefits of Girlguiding for another 100 years.